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CPF Recovery Newsletter

March 9, 2021 edition includes information on: upcoming events and webinars, the Fire Risk Assessment, Neighborhood Burn Severity, Neighborhood Debris Flows, High Risk Neighborhoods, Flood Insurance, County Road Analysis, Debris Removal and Property Clean-Up, Vegetative Debris Removal, Community Input re: Debris, Long-term Recovery Group, Next Steps...

ALL SPOTLIGHTS Spotlight

Small Business Administration disaster assistance loans to Larimer County businesses, residents affected by wildfires

03/2/2021

Small Business Administration disaster assistance loans to Larimer County businesses, residents affected by wildfires

Residents and businesses in Larimer County affected by the Sept. 6 – November 5th wildfires can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the Small Business Administration.

More about Small Business Administration disaster assistance loans to Larimer County businesses, residents affected by wildfires

01/28/2021

Multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan public review begins, public participation sought

A multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan is being updated by Larimer County and its 27 jurisdictional partners.

More about Multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan public review begins, public participation sought

01/21/2021

FEMA Major Disaster Declaration approved, some recovery programs to begin

Larimer County has been partially approved for a Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] Major Disaster Declaration and program funding due to the Cameron Peak Fire.

More about FEMA Major Disaster Declaration approved, some recovery programs to begin

Recovery resources for those impacted with property damage or loss due to the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome wildfires of 2020.

 

Returning Home & Recovering after a Wildfire
  • Tips for Safety and Success from the Colorado State Forest Service
  • Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist, including falling trees, ash and other hazards.
  • Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles and downed wires.
  • Watch for ash pits and mark them for safety—warn family and neighbors to keep clear of the pits also.
  • Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and safe use of masks.
  • Wet debris down to minimize breathing dust particles.
  • Wear leather gloves and heavy soled shoes to protect hands and feet.
  • Cleaning products, paint, batteries and damaged fuel containers need to be disposed of properly to avoid risk.

It is ok to be anxious and scared right now. Those feelings are normal and you are not alone. If you need someone to talk to, please reach out!

  • Summitstone Connections hotline: 970-221-5551
  • Colorado Help Line: 303-928-8534
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • Text talkwithus to 66746 to reach the Disaster Distress Helpline

Who is most at risk for emotional distress following a wildfire?

  • Children and teens. After a wildfire, young people may worry that another one will happen again, especially if they witnessed the fire and the loss of their home. Some children may become withdrawn, while others may become agitated and irritable and display outbursts of anger.
     
  • Older adults. Older adults are more likely to need social support to reduce the effects of stress and move forward on the path of recovery. They also may have limited physical mobility and lack independence.
     
  • First responders and recovery workers. These individuals may experience prolonged separation from loved ones (depending on the severity of the wildfire) and show signs of mental fatigue.

Online resources:

Ensure your food and water are safe
  • Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
  • Do NOT ever use water that you think may be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.

Online Resources:

Food Safety

Power outage:

Water Safety

Animals

Safe Handling of Ash & Debris

 

Roll-off Dumpsters will be available again this Spring!

The County will be providing several complimentary debris dumpsters for properties impacted by the fires this spring once weather improves.

As all debris coming out of the Cameron Peak Fire area is considered contaminated by asbestos and is more costly to dump at the Larimer County Landfill, this free service will hopefully benefit fire survivors during this difficult time. We will also offer free metal recycling locations during this time too.

More information will be available in April on locations and timelines. 

All debris collected from properties will be properly contained within the dumpsters by our vendors for landfill placement. Please be a good neighbor and only take fire impacted debris to the free dumpsters. Thank you for your consideration!

Thank you to our vendors, Colorado Iron and Metal and Gallegos Sanitation.

Questions? Please contact Kohl Parrott, Emergency Management Coordinator, Larimer County Office of Emergency Management
Work: 970-498-7146
Cell: 970-481-3493
parrotck@co.larimer.co.us

 

Community Clean-Up Days:

  • Some communities are organizing community clean-up days. This is a great idea and allows communities to work together and get a lot done in a short amount of time.
  • Community clean-up days also allow our volunteer agencies to coordinate their efforts as well.
  • If any of you have something like this planned, please let us know so that we can see what support can be provided in those areas and get it on the website.

 

Disposal Forms & Landfill Information

The Larimer County Landfill will only accept fire debris from November 16, 2020, through June 30, 2021.  ALL FIRE DEBRIS MUST BE HANDLED AS IF IT CONTAINS FRIABLE ASBESTOS.

Other Online Resources:

Through the United Policyholders Roadmap to Recovery program you can access free, trustworthy help navigating the process of returning to a wildfire damaged area, repairing and replacing damaged and destroyed property, and collecting all available insurance funds.

If your property is damaged or destroyed, their guidance will help you get started on the road to recovery, make good decisions and keep moving forward.  United Policyholders is non-profit and has expertise based on nearly three decades of assisting in communities hit by wildfires.  No strings attached.

The following are selected items from the extensive library of resources they offer.  Through their Roadmap to Recovery program you can access tips, tools and the straight scoop on insurance, clean up, contractors, lawyers, adjusters, avoiding ripoffs and mistakes, your legal rights and emotional support from people who geninuely care about helping you navigate successfully.

Virtual Workshops from United Policy Holders

United Policyholders

REGISTER FOR UPCOMING EVENTS: www.uphelp.org/r2r

  • Q&A on Financial Decision-making and Tax Implications After a Wildfire March 24, 2021, 5:30 PM MT

United Policy Holders Workshops

Cash donations are always preferred so that we can meet the specific needs of the affected people. Cash donations can be sent to the United Way Larimer Fire Fund at uwaylc.org.

Other Ways to Donate:

Volunteers: 

  • Sign up for future Cameron Peak Fire recovery volunteer projects at www.nocovolunteers.org. Opportunities will be posted once projects are created. 

 

 

Library Resources

The Larimer County Libraries (Estes, Red Feather, Ft. Collins, Berthoud and Loveland) are ready and willing to provide access to technology, books, DVDs, craft kits as well as their buildings to support those displaced by the fires. They are able to take resources to evacuees sheltering in hotels.  The library buildings are open and residents impacted by the fire are welcome to come in to use the computers, check out materials, take activity kits or just hang out with their kids. 

Virtual Workshops from United Policy Holders

United Policyholders

REGISTER FOR UPCOMING EVENTS: www.uphelp.org/r2r

 

 

  • Q&A on Financial Decision-making and Tax Implications After a Wildfire March 24, 2021, 5:30 PM MT

United Policy Holders Workshops

 

Citizen Science Webinar

Hosted by The Coalition for Poudre River Watershed on March 21 from 5-6pm 

To register: go to: bit.ly/CitSci2021

Interested in helping with Cameron Peak Fire recovery efforts and post-fire monitoring and data collection? Join us for an informative webinar about citizen science programs that are actively recruiting volunteers in and downstream of the Cameron Peak Fire burn area. Panelists will provide information about how you can become involved in post-fire recovery efforts by sharing and contributing to data monitoring and collection programs.

 

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